How to Create a Golden Award Badge in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create golden award badge in Photoshop.

01. Take the custom shape tool and add any shape that you’d wish your badge to be. Most common one would be circle-shaped badge.

02. Now go to Layer > Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay and add a golden, silver or bronze color to your badge.

03. From the same window, move to Stoke tab and add a darker stroke around the badge. Press Ok.

04. Take the Ellipse tool and create a circle in the middle of the badge. Now go to Layer > Layer Styles > Blendig Options and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Then move to the stroke tab and add a thin stroke.

05. Move to the Drop Shadow tab and add a small light shadow under the stroke. Press Ok.

06. Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer), select the brush tool with a white color and create a highlight spot. Now select parts of the highlight and delete them. Add another new layer to create a stronger and smaller highlight sport for more shine.

07. Create another new layer, drag it under your badge layer and draw a shape of a ribbon, fill it with any color. Then go to Layer styles and add the ribbon a stroke, gradient and inner glow. Press Ok and duplicate the layer and flip it vertically (Edit > Transform > Flip Vertically) to get another ribbon on the opposite side.

08. Insert your text and add an inner shadow and drop shadow in the Layer styles.

09. You can also add some ornaments or symbols with the same effect as the text and you are done!

PHOTO EDITING IN PHOTOSHOP – WATER SPLASHING AGAINST A FRUIT

No need to try to make a thousand shots with your camera to get a perfect shot of a water splashing against a fruit when you can just stage it all in Photoshop. This tutorial will show you how to do that!

01. Open a picture of a fruit or even an object and cut it out out using the Lasso tool.

02. Open a picture of a splash and cut it out of its background by using the Polygonal Lasso tool.

03. Take the Eraser tool, set the Opacity to no more than 10% and delete on the water where it should be more transparent.

04. To give more motion to the picture, tilt the fruit a bit by going to Edit – Transform – Scale. Now take the Eraser Tool again, this time set the Opacity to 100%, choose a brush with a hard edge and delete the water from the places where it shouldn’t be.

05. Take the Dodge tool to add some more highlight to your fruit and Burn tool, to add some shadow.

06. If you wish, you can change the background color or leave it white, either way, your picture is done!

PHOTOSHOP – INSIDE PHOTOSHOP CS6 – NEW FEATURES AND CHANGES

Whether you are a professional photographer, a photo manipulator, a designer or just a simple user interested in improving your work or creating wonderful things, the fact that Adobe released the beta version of Photoshop CS6 will come as a good news. Since the CS2 edition, Adobe has been more user-oriented, although they did not forget to add new, interesting and useful features. You can now try the Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta by just downloading the file; you won’t need a serial number for a limited amount of time. Make sure you write a review after using it. It would help the developers to fix and find the bugs, so that the final version will work perfectly.

You can also sign up for a notification in order to find out when this software will be available for buying. It will come in two versions, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended. This trial includes features both from the normal version and the extended one, so you will be able to see which one fits your needs best. One thing to consider before proceeding to this trial is that some of the important newly implemented features won’t work on Windows XP – make sure to install the proper operating system for a complete experience.

The three most important updates include the Content-Aware Patch, which will allow you to have more control over patching images. You just have to select the zone that you want to patch and this feature will do it for you. Another added thing is a brand new graphic engine; it will make this software work a lot faster when editing images and look a lot better if you choose to view your images on a dark background. The Adobe developers have also improved the design tools, increasing their usability and performance.

For example, if you want to draw something using vector layers, you should know that this CS6 beta edition will let you create an object that is fully vector based. The video section has also been improved, not you can easily change the duration and the speed, add all the data that you want and then render your video. When talking about blurred photos, you might want to know that there are three new effects added to the options. All three of them will create interesting results if they are properly added to your photos. Also, there are big improvements in the matter of 3D manipulation and drawing.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta also brings some news in the matter of appearance. You will now be able to customize your workspace by choosing from multiple themes. You can add the buttons that you use the most by arranging them in the right order. You can change your theme’s brightness and modify its colors.

Create a Cool Colorful Background with Arrows in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create a cool and colorful background with arrows in Photoshop.

01.Select the Custom Shape Tool, choose your shape and draw a big arrow.

02.Double click on your arrow layer and go to Gradient Overlay. There set a nice and vibrant gradient for your arrow. Press OK.

03.Create some more arrows of different sizes. Each time creating an arrow, double click on its layer, go to Color Overlay and set a vibrant color. Different color for each arrow.

04.Add even more arrows of different colors and sizes.

05.Create 2 more white arrows this time with a direction to the left and right to create more confusion. Then for each individual arrow right click on its layer and choose Convert to Smart Object and then set the layer to Multiply. Do this with every arrow. At this stage it is also suggested to adjust the positioning of your arrows if needed.

06.Now select all the layers, right click and choose Merge layers. Then go to Image – Adjustments – Hue and Saturation and increase the Saturation to make the colors even more intense and vibrant. Press OK.

07.And your background is ready to use!

Inside Photoshop CS6 – New Features and Changes

Whether you are a professional photographer, a photo manipulator, a designer or just a simple user interested in improving your work or creating wonderful things, the fact that Adobe released the beta version of Photoshop CS6 will come as a good news. Since the CS2 edition, Adobe has been more user-oriented, although they did not forget to add new, interesting and useful features. You can now try the Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta by just downloading the file; you won’t need a serial number for a limited amount of time. Make sure you write a review after using it. It would help the developers to fix and find the bugs, so that the final version will work perfectly.

You can also sign up for a notification in order to find out when this software will be available for buying. It will come in two versions, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended. This trial includes features both from the normal version and the extended one, so you will be able to see which one fits your needs best. One thing to consider before proceeding to this trial is that some of the important newly implemented features won’t work on Windows XP – make sure to install the proper operating system for a complete experience.

The three most important updates include the Content-Aware Patch, which will allow you to have more control over patching images. You just have to select the zone that you want to patch and this feature will do it for you. Another added thing is a brand new graphic engine; it will make this software work a lot faster when editing images and look a lot better if you choose to view your images on a dark background. The Adobe developers have also improved the design tools, increasing their usability and performance.

For example, if you want to draw something using vector layers, you should know that this CS6 beta edition will let you create an object that is fully vector based. The video section has also been improved, not you can easily change the duration and the speed, add all the data that you want and then render your video. When talking about blurred photos, you might want to know that there are three new effects added to the options. All three of them will create interesting results if they are properly added to your photos. Also, there are big improvements in the matter of 3D manipulation and drawing.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta also brings some news in the matter of appearance. You will now be able to customize your workspace by choosing from multiple themes. You can add the buttons that you use the most by arranging them in the right order. You can change your theme’s brightness and modify its colors.

These are just a few new features that Adobe Photoshop CS6 will bring to its users.

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